1950s Picnics and Parties Dress

by Bex on May 30, 2013 · 7 comments

in 1950s,Dresses,Mildly Insane Photo,Modern Patterns,Pattern Sizing,Vintage Sewing

I swooned when I saw this dress over at ButchWax Vintage - it’s divine! It would be perfect for weddings, parties and picnics – every occasion, but such a tiny waist!












I knew I needed to make my own (modest) version if I was to ever sleep at night. So, here goes….

1950s Gingham Dress

I used the Billie Jean Pattern, from Blue Ginger Doll – and drafted my own collar to suit.

The Billie Jean pattern comes together really easily, and i’m fairly sure i’d use it again as the base for other dresses. The size 16 ended up being the best size for me at a 39.5″ bust (it’s meant to have zero ease, but I found that too tight for this style).

I can’t wait to wear this dancing! (and excuse the headless photos, it’s way too early in the morning).

More details, as always, on the blog

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A vintage obsessed, rockabilly queer-Femme living in Sydney Australia. I hoard vintage knitting and sewing patterns, and shoes. So many shoes.

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Catherine Alekna May 30, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Lovely dress! I really like the little pleat at the front – very nice!


EmSewCrazy May 30, 2013 at 8:18 pm

How fun! That model’s hair is quite inspirational.


Rory May 30, 2013 at 8:57 pm

LOVE IT! The loobster boobster is just the best!


mariebayarea May 31, 2013 at 12:56 am

Your version is sweet and pretty.


Jennifer May 31, 2013 at 1:33 am

Great job! Your lobster detail is divine!


LucyLovesYa June 1, 2013 at 4:25 am

Gorgeous!! Loving your work x


Claire June 4, 2013 at 3:34 pm

This dress is lovely! I adore gingham too!


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